Kurabo and Gifu Plastic Industry have co-developed the TECCELL-FB, a fiber-reinforced honeycomb material that’s lightweight, impact-resistant, and recyclable.
“The surface material is NEOMATEX, a brand developed by Kurabo. NEOMATEX is made of fibers that are extremely strong and impact-resistant. So, it has great potential as a surface material. Gifu Plastic Industry originally sold a honeycomb material, called TECCELL, so we’ve used that as the core, and NEOMATEX as the surface, to create TECCELL-FB. So, this is an all-olefin honeycomb material, which we’re marketing as an extremely strong product.”
Compared with the standard TECCELL, TECCELL-FB has twice the bend strength and four times the maximum shock load for the same weight.
It also has high impact resistance, even compared with other materials of the same weight, such as aluminum.
“This product will be sold jointly by Kurabo and Gifu Plastic Industry. Gifu Plastic has always been strong in logistics, so it’s developing business in that direction. We’d like to focus on other fields, including the automotive, construction, and furniture industries. We don’t yet have specific products, so we’ll be suggesting possibilities from now on.”